Student Information - Hattiesburg

UPDATED: October 27, 2014

Steps for students to participate in the Commencement ceremony
Baccalaureate, master's, and specialist's candidates who have filed for degree must reserve a seat for Commencement. RSVP online. Doctoral degree candidates must contact the Graduate Reader to reserve their seats at commencement.

Commencement Details

The Commencement program contains the DEGREE name for of all candidates who have applied for degree for the term for Hattiesburg and USM Gulf Coast.  All changes (addition, deletion, corrections, etc.) to the program must be made no later than October 17 for printing purposes.

Doctoral candidates must contact the Graduate Reader with any changes to the program no later than October 17 for printing purposes.

In keeping with the spirit of academic traditions, both faculty and students will process into the coliseum and to their seats under the direction of the Registrar’s office.  As candidates cross the stage their names will be announced. Doctoral candidates will be hooded individually on stage after their names are called.

Due to limited floor capacity and length of ceremony, we will have two separate ceremonies by colleges, and we expect approximately 600 candidates at each ceremony.  Graduation is an elective event for undergraduate, masters, and specialists degree candidates. This a required event for doctoral candidates. Those who cannot participate must provide a valid reason for not attending to the Dean of the Graduate School through Graduate Reader. Out of respect for others, all candidates are expected to remain on the coliseum floor until the conclusion of the ceremony. Any action that is deemed disrespectful or disruptive will result in the candidate’s diploma being held for disciplinary reasons.

Legacy
Degree candidates who are the children of USM Alumni are also known as ‘Legacy’ students.  In an effort to recognize those families who have carried on the Southern Miss tradition, we collect the names of the Legacy degree candidates and their USM Alumni parents.  These Legacy students will be designated in the Commencement program, recognized as a group within the Commencement Ceremony, in addition to having their names listed on the Commencement website after degrees are conferred.  Legacy students are asked to submit their alumni parent information regardless of their participation in the commencement ceremonies through the RSVP link provided.

Doctoral candidates are asked to provide this information directly to the Graduate Reader via email when requested.

Dress Code
Commencement is a formal celebration.  We encourage candidates to take this into consideration in regards to wardrobe.  Comfortable shoes are STRONGLY encouraged since candidates will be walking long distances, standing for long periods of time, and utilizing steps and a steep incline in the tunnel.  Please choose appropriate footwear.

Graduation Speaker
The speaker will be Dr. Andrew A. Wiest, University Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of the Dale Center for War and Society.

Parking
All university parking lots, unless otherwise marked, will be open to the public on the day of Commencement. Participants should review the traffic flow details for changes after each commencement listed under Maps and Parking. See the Commencement Parking map (PDF) detailing available parking areas on campus.

Webcast
The Commencement ceremonies will be Webcast live via the USM Web site. Southern Miss videos of commencement are available for viewing at a later time via the Southern Miss YouTube channel.

Check-in Time and Location

Degree candidates should check in at the appropriate location and time listed below, please do not be late

Baccalaureate participants will be grouped and seated by colleges. Specialists and then Masters will be grouped and seated by colleges. Doctoral candidates will be grouped and seated by degree. Baccalaureate, Specialist, and Masters arriving after the processional line is finalized (15 minutes prior to each ceremony) will be added to the end of the processional line and may not be grouped and seated with their college in the coliseum.

10:00 a.m. Ceremony – Colleges of Arts & Letters, Health & Science & Technology

Students

Location

Check-in

Baccalaureate candidates

Payne Center Gym

9:00 – 9:15 am

Specialist's and master’s candidates

Payne Center Gym

9:00 – 9:15 am

Doctoral students

J. B. George Speech and Hearing Sciences building – room 101

8:45 am

 

 2:30 p.m. Ceremony – Colleges of Business, Nursing, Education & Psychology

Students

Location

Check-in

Baccalaureate candidates

Payne Center Gym

1:30 – 1:45 pm

Specialist's and master’s candidates

Payne Center Gym

1:30 – 1:45 pm

Doctoral students

J. B. George Speech and Hearing Sciences building – room 101

1:15 pm

 

 Items Needed at Check-in

Baccalaureate – Candidates should check in with their caps, gowns, and name cards.

Masters/Specialist – Candidates should check in with their caps, gowns, hoods, and name cards

Doctoral – Candidates should check in with their doctoral regalia (cap and gown); hoods and name cards will be issued by the Graduate School at J.B. George Speech & Hearing Bldg. 

Processional & Recessional (Processional-PDF), (Recessional-PDF)
To begin the Hattiesburg ceremonies, doctoral candidates followed by specialist's and master's candidates will lead the baccalaureate candidates in a processional through the east and west tunnels. Afterward, the students and guests will be asked to stand for the platform and faculty processional.

Following both cermonies, the platform party and the faculty will lead the students in a recessional exiting through the east and west tunnels directing them to the Payne Center.  Guests are invited to meet their candidates in the Payne Center where photography areas will be staged with the college banners.

Impact of Weather
In the event of rain, umbrellas can be used to walk from the check-in to the coliseum and left in the tunnel until the recessional. If weather is severe enough (heavy rain, thunderstorms, tornado watch/warning) to necessitate a delay in the start of the ceremony, instructions will be announced on-site to students and guests. If the forecast indicates no change in the severity of the weather, cancellation of the ceremony will be announced.

If the ceremony is underway but is interrupted by severe weather, students and guests should follow instructions as announced. It is advised that you prearrange a meeting place with your family and guests in case the ceremony is canceled. Instructions and updates will be provided via the USM Web site and through local media outlets.

Accommodations for People with Disabilities or Special Needs
Special parking lots will be reserved for persons with disabilities or special needs that meet ADA guideline. See Disability Access for complete details.

Doctoral candidates with special needs should also make the Graduate Reader aware of the needed arrangements.

Commencement Photo
A commencement photographer from Candid Campus Photography will be available to take photos of the candidates after they cross the stage and receive their diploma covers. The commencement photographer can be contacted at 800.233.3686. Students may choose to have their photos made in advance of the ceremony through Southern Miss Photo Services. Call 601.266.4149 to set up an appointment in Hattiesburg.

After the submission of final grades on Monday, August 4, the degree clearance review is a 4-6 week process.  The Summer 2014 degree clearance process will conclude on Friday, September 12, 2014.  Diplomas will be mailed to the student’s “Degree Address” after this date. 

Doctoral candidates who have not completed all requirements for their degree will not be allowed to participate in commencement.

 

Please note:  The Registrar's Office will communicate Commencement information through the student's eagles.usm.edu email account. Students wishing to participate in the Commencement ceremony should check their eagles.usm.edu email account for pertinent Commencement/Graduation information. 

Fire codes allow a maximum of 700 chairs on the Bernard Reed Green Coliseum floor.  Commencement seating is reserved on a first come, first serve basis for each ceremony.  Once the maximum capacity of 700 has been reached for a ceremony, the Registrar’s Office will discontinue accepting seat reservations.